School Counselors & Staff


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James Schmidt
Department Chair

  • B.A. History, Knox College

  • M.Ed. Secondary Counseling, Governors State University

  • M.Ed. Administrative Leadership, Olivet Nazarene University


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Linda McConnaughay
Department Secretary


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Maria Davis
Department Secretary


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Sarah Arehart



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Tiphnee Staples
School Counselor for Students A-Brown

  • B.S. in Social Work - Illinois State University

  • M.S. in Education - Illinois State University

  • Certificate in School Counseling - Lewis University


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Lindsay Leverson
School Counselor for Students Browna-Dr

  • B.S. Chemistry - Florida A&M University

  • M.S. School Counseling - Northeastern University

  • M.A. Educational Leadership - DePaul University


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John McCarthy
School Counselor for Students Ds-Hel

  • B.A. Marketing - University of Louisiana

  • M.A. School Counseling & Guidance - Lewis University


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Dawn Edwards, LPC, M.A.
School Counselor for Students Hem-Lam

  • B.S. in Broadcasting/Journalism - Chicago State University

  • M.S. in School Counseling - National Louis University

  • M.A. in Psychology - National Louis University


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Melissa Sauder
School Counselor for Students Lan-Moo

  • B.A. in Art Education - University of Iowa

  • M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction - Concordia University

  • M.A. in School Counseling - Concordia University


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Lorrie Maul
School Counselor for Students Mop-Robe

  • B.A. in Mathematics & Education - St. Xavier University

  • M.A. in Counseling - Governors State University

  • Certificate in College Counseling - UCLA


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Dr. Karen Olson
School Counselor for Students Robi-Thom

  • B.S. in English - Loyola University, Chicago

  • M.Ed. in Secondary School Counseling - University of Missouri, St. Louis

  • B.J. in Photojournalism - University of Missouri, Columbia

  • Ed.D. in Administration & Supervision - Loyola University, Chicago


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Roberto Suarez
School Counselor for Students Thon-Z

  • B.S. in Political Science - Lewis University

  • M.B.A. in Business Administration - Lewis University

  • M.A. in School Counseling & Guidance - Lewis University


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Danielle Mitchell, LPC, M.A.
Student Support Counselor

  • B.S. in History - Northern Illinois University

  • M.A. in School Leadership - Concordia University-Chicago

  • M.A. in School Counseling - Saint Xavier University


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Dana Palermo, LPC, M.A.
Student Support Counselor / 504 Coordinator

  • B.A. in Psychology - Lewis University

  • M.A. in Child & Adolescent Counseling - Lewis University

  • M.A. in School Counseling - Lewis University

  • M.A. in Educational Leadership - Governors State University